GUY Sebastian, Australia’s entrant in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, has revealed his new song that he intends to take to Vienna in May.
Written and produced specifically for the contest over the past week, Tonight Again has been described as a “contemporary, R’n’B style bursting with hooks, beats and celebratory lyrics” in line with Sebastian’s particular musical stylings.
“But if I was to record a new song I wanted it to be home-grown and organic with my band in my studio. Truly, we jumped in the studio and let it happen because I wanted to write something fun.
“We all have moments you don’t want to end and you wish you could live those moments every day so I wanted to write a song about that feeling. I am sure that is how I am going to feel when I am in Vienna performing.”
SBS managing director Michael Obeid said that to have Australia compete in Eurovision’s 60th year, let alone an Australian artist, was an incredible achievement.
“To have an Australian competing on the Eurovision stage has been an ambition of ours for the past four years,” he said.
“I’m delighted that Guy and his team have delivered such a powerful song for the occasion and I know that Tonight Again will perfectly showcase Guy’s vocal talent and have a real impact in the competition this year.
“Tonight Again is a song we can all get behind… Hearing that crescendo in the hall in Vienna is going to be an incredible moment that the whole of Australia and Europe can look forward to.”
There was speculation that Sebastian would select an unreleased song from his latest album but the head of Australia’s Eurovision delegation, Paul Clarke, said he was excited the singer penned a new track.
“When we joined the competition Guy was on tour, so I never expected him to have the time to write a song,” he said.
“But he has come up with a cracker, a 12th-hour gem. It has a great soul feel that is so infectious.
“Guy initially was thinking of a power ballad, but this new song is a celebration of the grand final night and our participation, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.”
Watch the video clip for Tonight Again: